Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble — not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah.
When you are in charge of something, be it a Girl Scout troop or one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, the only way to stay out of trouble is with simple and clear rules applied equally. By not doing this, Zuckerberg has wrapped himself ’round his own axle.
Even a billion or so Facebook users are unhappy with him. They feel trapped on a platform that offends them. Much of this resentment comes from feeling swindled. After herding us all into his monopolistic public square, Zuckerberg changed the rules.
On both the micro and macro levels, as Facebook arbitrarily singles out conservatives for suppression, censorship, and purges (not to mention left-wing “fact checks”), all while leftists doing the same remain mostly unmolested. …
Facebook’s entire problem is right there on its page of Kafka-esque “community standards.” What I mean by Kafka-esque is the opaqueness of rules that can be interpreted in so many different ways — which means there really are no rules, which means 1) you don’t know what the boundaries are, so 2) you are intimidated into not expressing yourself fully, and 3) you can be suspended or purged by Facebook without ever knowing why. …
Obviously, Zuckerberg created these rules as a means to appease the braying left, especially those in the elitist media. But what he failed to understand is that in doing so, no one is happy.
The right is disgusted because Facebook’s corporate censors are manipulating these rules to suppress, silence, and purge us.
Alternately, the easily triggered left, who interpret mere words and ideas as violence and racism, are disgusted because Facebook is not keeping its promise to enforce its “community standards,” which in their twisted minds means purging anyone to the right of Don Lemon.
The political establishment has just “discovered” the power of Facebook’s data on politics. But the data isn’t theirs! So they will take it or regulate it to suit themselves.